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  CBS    CBS Morning News    News/Business. Michelle Gielan. News  
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    April 14, 2010
    4:30 - 5:00am EDT  

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earthquake in china. a powerful quake rocks the western half of the country, killing hundreds. more trouble for toyota. the automaker stops selling one of its luxury brands over safety concerns. and against all odds. a florida girl, missing for four days, is found in an alligator-infested swamp. >> i burst, i ran in and told my alligator-infested swamp. >> i burst, i ran in and told my wife, and gosh. captioning funded by cbs good morning, thanks for joining us, i'm michelle gielan. a series of strong and deadly earthquakes struck western china this morning. at least 300 people are dead, thousands of others are injured and unaccounted for. they're buried under collapsed
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buildings. peter sharpe of britain's sky news reports from beijing. >> reporter: this was a particularly strong earthquake. it measured 6.9 on the richter scale, and it struck at one of the most remote, inhospitable and rugged parts of china in the west of the country. it was followed, the first earthquake, was followed by 18 aftershocks. and the local residents were reduced to scrambling through the rubble using their hands and shovels in the first hours after the quake, trying to reach hundreds, thousands that were caught up and buried in the quake. china has got one weapon to fight this earthquake and that's human resources. there are tens of thousands of troops based in this region. it's a region of unrest and they've been quickly mobilized. if there are any lessons to be learned from the terrible earthquake of 2008, it's just how important those troops can be in the first few hours of the rescue operation.
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reporting from beijing, peter sharpe, sky news, for cbs news. a new bump in the road for toyota this morning. the automaker has temporarily suspended sales of its luxury suv, the lexus gx460 after the respected magazine "consumer reports" issued a rare "don't buy" warning. tara mergener is in washington with details. tara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michelle. well, toyota acted very quickly this time around. you'll recall the company was heavily criticized for not moving fast enough on accelerator problems. now, it has stopped selling its high-end suv just hours after a "consumer reports" warning. >> the last time that we advised that consumers didn't buy a car because of a safety risk was in 2001. so we don't do this very often. >> reporter: the issue is handling. "consumer reports" found during emergency handling tests, the gx460's rear end swings out wide. but the stability control system took too long to bring the suv
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under control. four testers experienced the same problem. >> if this happened in a real-road situation on public roads, a rear tire could hit the curb or slide off of the pavement, and this could lead to a rollover. >> reporter: toyota says about 6,000 of the 2010 model gx460s have been sold. and that its engineers are vigorously testing the vehicle. we are taking the situation with the gx460 very seriously, lexus said in a statement, and are determined to identify and correct the issue. this is the latest safety issue to strike toyota, which was forced to recall millions of cars and trucks over faulty gas pedals. accused of reacting too slowly to that, toyota faces a $60 million fine from the transportation department. and "consumer reports" says it is not aware of any reports that this vehicle has rolled over, but the warning label will remain until the issue is resolved. michelle, back to you.
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>> tara mergener in washington. tara, thanks. a cathay pacific airliner made a dramatic emergency landing in hong kong after losing power to both its engines. the passengers were evacuated by emergency slides on tuesday. eight were injured. the airbus 330 was en route from indonesia. first, the left engine shut down, then the other engine started to cut out, turning the big jet into a glider. michelle obama is making her first solo trip abroad as first lady. mrs. obama arrived in mexico last night for a two-day visit. she'll meet with mexico's first lady today and visit an elementary school. earlier, she made a surprise stop in haiti. she got a firsthand look at the recovery effort from the massive earthquake that killed some 230,000 people three months ago. meantime, president obama wrapped up his nuclear summit by urging nations to take quick action, approving tough sanctions against iran to try to limit its nuclear ambitions. several nations, including
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russia and china, have doubts. but the 47 nations at the summit did try to agree to secure nuclear material. chip reid reports. >> reporter: at the group photo, president obama was all smiles. but moments later, he set an ominous tone. >> just the smallest amount of plutonium, about the size of an apple, could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people. >> reporter: he warned that groups like al qaeda are trying to obtain some of the more than 2,000 tons of nuclear material at sites around the globe. >> were they to do so, it would be a catastrophe for the world. >> reporter: after a full day of closed-door meetings, leaders of the 47 nations unanimously issued a final statement, joining president obama's call to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials in four years, and putting the burden on individual nations to maintain effective security over those materials. >> the american people will be safer, and the world will be more secure. >> reporter: many nations
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committed to specific steps, canada and mexico to send nuclear materials to the u.s. for safekeeping. argentina and pakistan to tighten port security. but all the promises made at this summit are voluntary, leaving the president to explain why he believes the nations will follow through. >> we've got world leaders who have just announced that, in fact, this is a commitment that they're making. i believe they take their commitments very seriously. >> reporter: to keep up the pressure on these nations, they scheduled a follow-up summit for two years from now in south korea, to make sure they're following up on their promises. chip reid, cbs news, the white house. abortion rights activists say they'll challenge two new laws that restrict abortions in nebraska. one bars abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the assertion that fetuses feel pain, as opposed to when the fetus can survive outside the womb, which is usually at 22 to 24 weeks. the governor signed the landmark measures tuesday. >> it is fairly clear that we
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are going to be at the forefront. this represents the values and beliefs of most nebraskans and we're prepared to move forward. >> the other law requires women seeking to have abortions to be screened for mental health or other problems. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia got a lift this morning. emily smith is here in new york with that and more. >> good morning, michelle. technology stocks pushed asian markets higher today. japan's nikkei rose about a half percent. today wall street gets the latest on retail sales and inflation. tuesday some disappointing earnings reports kept the market in check. the dow gained 13 points while the nasdaq was up 8. a congressional report to be released today finds the government's mortgage aid programs aren't doing much to help stop the housing crisis, while 1.1 million homeowners have signed up, only about 200,000 have gotten any aid. for every borrower that avoided foreclosure with the government's help last year, another 10 families lost their homes. as chrysler struggles to return to profitability, the
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automaker will be getting some high-tech help. the company signed an agreement to share technology information with nasa. that includes a variety of research from engineering to robotics to battery systems. chrysler has worked with nasa since the 1960s, when the automaker built rockets for space missions. and for the procrastinators out there, it's time to get in gear. you have until midnight thursday to get your taxes in. you can file an extension irs form 4868 that will buy you an extra six months. but it comes with a catch, of course. you still have to pay your estimated taxes now. still, the grace period is useful for people dealing with complicated issues. i did get mine done, sadly, on st. patrick's day, michelle. >> you're way ahead of me. all right, emily here in new york. thanks. just ahead on the "cbs morning news," the boy scouts ordered to pay up big in a sex abuse case. plus swamp search. a missing florida girl, found alive after four days.
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first katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> michelle obama heads to mexico for her first official solo trip abroad. focusing on children. and she'll have a one-on-one meeting with the first lady of mexico. we'll take a look at her international agenda tonight only on the "cbs evening news." s." [ sneezing ]
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sexual abuse by a scout master decades ago. the plaintiff hugged relatives after the verdict, which awarded him $1.4 million. the scouts could face up to $25 million in punitive damages to be decided in a separate phase of the trial. a search will resume this morning in florida for haleigh cummins. the 5-year-old girl disappeared from her family's trailer more than a year ago. family members met with the sheriff yesterday as investigators searched the st. john's river until dark. the sheriff won't say what he told the family, and would not say if the case is now a homicide investigation. another missing florida girl was found alive. nadia bloom, who has an autism-related disorder, had been missing since last friday. she was rescued from a swamp about a half mile from her home. whit johnson reports. >> reporter: after four tense days of searching, 11-year-old nadia bloom was carried out of the alligator-infested swamp, dehydrated and covered in
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mosquito bites. she thanked her rescuers saying, quote, glad you guys found me. >> i burst. you know, i ran in and told my wife, and gosh. >> reporter: rescue workers described the brush around nadia as so thick they had to use machetes to clear a path to her. her feet were water logged. the result of standing in the swamp for days. >> nadia is in good condition. she has insect bites from head to toe. >> reporter: nadia was found by james king, family friend from church, who discovered the girl this morning in an area where searchers weren't looking. >> that was a rough swamp. but nadia was very brave. >> reporter: authorities are interviewing king to find out what led him to the girl. but the police chief says he has no reason to think of him as anything but a hero. nadia has an autism-related disorder called asperger's syndrome and her family believes she may have wandered off, in part because of a book she had read about an adventurous girl who goes camping. >> our daughter is a nature lover.
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she went on a bike ride, and she just stopped and went off to take some pictures. >> reporter: once nadia was found, it took rescuers nearly two hours to carry her out of this thick growth. she has already been released from the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery. whit johnson, cbs news, florida. straight ahead your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, the yankees collect their world series rings, and a win over the angels. somebody's a winner. ha, not me! cause shipping is a hassle. differenstates, different rates. not with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service, if it fits it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. so shipping for the chess champ in charleston is the same as shipping for the football phenom in philly? yep. so i win! actually, i think you deserve this. no, i deserve this. wow, got one of those with a mailman on top? priority mail flat rate box shipping starts at $4.95, only from the postal service.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, sunny and 67. miami, 82. chicago, partly cloudy and 81. denver, 72. los angeles, sunny and 64. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds are scattered over the northwest. the southwest is mainly clear, and it's a nice morning around the northeast and southeast. now later today, thunderstorms will be popping up across the northern plains and deep south. the southwest remains mainly dry. scattered showers are likely around the northwest, and the southeast will remain beautiful. in sports, the new york yankees celebrated their 27th championship. world series rings were handed out to the team at their home opener. in the game, derek jeter hit a home run, and the yanks beat the angels 7-5. and in the national league,
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cincinnati had a two-out single in the 11th inning for the go-ahead run against florida and the reds beat the marlins 10-8 for an extra innings win for the second night in a row. in the nba, chicago is trying to wrap up the final playoff spot in the eastern conference. the bulls' derek rose had a career high 39 points against the celtics in a 101-93 victory. now if chicago beats charlotte tonight they're in the playoffs. and the lakers won their last regular season home game with a 106-100 victory over sacramento. los angeles rested kobe bryant with an injured ankle and finger to get ready for their first playoff game on sunday against oklahoma city. when we return we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and, turning tweets to cash. twitter finds a way to turn a profit. subway now has breakfast! your... better breakfast.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. powerful thunderstorms will be developing across the deep south. the southwest will remain mainly dry and the northeast and southeast will be dry and pleasant. here's another look at this morning's top stories. at least 300 people were killed by a powerful earthquake in western china. the quake hit early this morning. some 8,000 are injured and an untold number are buried beneath collapsed buildings. and toyota has temporarily suspended sales of its lexus gx460 suv, following a "don't buy" warning from "consumer reports" triggered by handling problems. twitter is an internet sensation. 22.3 million people visited the site last month. it had only 524,000 visitors a year ago. but twitter has not made any money. until now, that is.
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ben tracy reports. >> reporter: on twitter it seems everyone has lots to say. but they only get 140 characters to say it. twitter is a social networking site that lets users send and read little messages known as tweets, and millions of people do it every day. yet because the site does not charge, and until now has not run ads, it's never made any money. something its founder biz stone is often teased about. >> so i assume that biz in biz stone does not stand for business model? >> right. no it doesn't. >> are you going to make money off of this? >> yes, we are. >> how? >> a strong, independent company. >> reporter: twitter announced they're now selling ad space for what they call -- >> promoted tweets. >> reporter: here's how it works. when twitter users type in a topic they're interested in such as coffee a company like starbucks can buy that search word and their ad will pop up on top of the twitter page. >> it's clear that twitter needed a business model. they had to come up with some way to make money. this is like a very natural one. >> reporter: the site also plans
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to target ads to what its users are tweeting about. so if you tweet about an airline ticket an ad for virgin america, one of twitter's new sponsors, may show up on your page. some analysts believe twitter could pull in $100 million in ad revenue this year. proving social networking is not just a way to make friends, it may also be a way to make a lot of money. ben tracy, cbs news, cyberspace. and check this out, you can call this artist microangelo. willard wiggen creates sculptures so small they fit in the eyes of a needle. he uses a microscope to create his art. his work is being shown for the first time in the u.s. at a chicago gallery. among the works, marilyn monroe on top of a small diamond. president obama and his family. look at that. and talk show host oprah winfrey. he says he uses a single ply hair to paint his sculptures and his pulse as a jack hammer to carve. isn't that incredible? simply amazing. this morning on the early
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show we'll speak with the man who found florida girl nadia bloom. i'm michelle gielan. this is the "cbs morning news." ,,,,,,,, ♪ ,
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hello again, there's fog almost everywhere this morning. it will have an affect on traffic and we'll have that after the weather. and we'll